'Inspiration': Fairfield Hospital nurse celebrates special milestone

Milestone: Fairfield Hospital End-of-Life Care Nurse Specialist Pippa Richards. *Picture taken prior to mask mandate

Milestone: Fairfield Hospital End-of-Life Care Nurse Specialist Pippa Richards. *Picture taken prior to mask mandate

Fairfield Hospital nurse Pippa Richards said her interaction with people, the life-long friendships and making a difference in patients' lives has been " truly rewarding" over her 50-years in the profession.

The end-of-life care nurse specialist is celebrating five decades of dedicating her career to the health and wellbeing of patients and community. She has cared for thousands of patients for half a century, from sick children, to the critically ill, elderly and those at their end of their lives.

"I have many happy memories of my patients and colleagues which I will always treasure," said Pippa, who started her nursing career at the Hospital for Sick Children in London before migrating to Australia in 1981.

South Western Sydney Local Health District Nursing and Midwifery Director Sonia Marshall said Pippa is an "inspiration to the nursing profession."

"Each day she supports patients and families through the emotionally challenging aspects of end-of-life care using her exceptional skills in kindness, compassion and advocacy," Ms Marshall said.

"Fairfield Hospital and all of the Health District is so proud of Pippa.''

Pippa, who left Kenya in 1971, has worked across western Sydney including 28 years in community health in Fairfield until 2016 when she started her specialist role.

The dedicated nurse is planning to semi-retire next year but will still continue to practise her profession which she described as a life-long passion.